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Description - Political Reform In Francophone Africa by John F. Clark

Most African states experienced only a few fleeting years of democratic rule after independence before succumbing to authoritarianism. During the 1970s and 1980s, Africans and Westerners alike came to view dictatorship to be as much a part of the regions social landscape as its grinding poverty. Yet the end of the Cold War and the sharpening of the economic crisis at the end of the 1980s have breathed new life into campaigns for democracy in Africa, shaking the foundations of many long-standing autocracies. In some cases, dramatic transitions took place, though the fate of the new democracies is far from certain. This volume explores the origins and evolution of political reform movements in several states of Francophone Africa. The authors first make the case for the distinctiveness of Francophone Africa, based on the influences of colonial history, language, and Frances contemporary role in Africa, then survey the challenges of reform, including the problems of transition from authoritarianism and consolidation of democratic regimes. Case studies of thirteen former French and Belgium colonies follow, organized by level of reform achieved: peaceful regime change, incremental reforms, repressed reform efforts, and reform in the mist of war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813327860
ISBN-10: 0813327865
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 154mm x 22mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 13-Dec-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John F. Clark

John F. Clark is assistant professor of international relations at Florida International University. David E. Gardinier is professor of history at Marquette University. John F. Clark is assistant professor of international relations at Florida International University. David E. Gardinier is professor of history at Marquette University.

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